CES 2012 - Jadis Orphhe CD player
Like the Ypsilon and Oracle players, Jadis uses the same Philips Pro mechanism. It uses an Analog Devices 24bit DAC and all the analog section is valve-based, as you would expect from this particular manufacturer.
The look is definitely retro-Jadis, and it is also a top loader, not the easiest machine to fit in an installation.
A USB connector gives you access to the internal DAC, separately from the CD player.
Very few specs are available for this product, so it is a matter of listening tests only, obviously difficult to appraise at a Show.
What I would expect is a good integration with Jadis electronics to provide a balanced, warm and musical sound, evidence of which was definitely there at the Show.
Jadis: the first amp JA80
Jadis has been at it since 1983 - unlike Samsung, they are not a newbie at using valves!
Andre Calmettes, the founder, invented the JA80 at that time (hence the name, I guess...)
Although certainly not looking Danish, this product produced such an extraordinary sound that it became an instant hit.
Perfectionism is certainly a reason for its success:
The valves are tested and paired before being used in production, components are carefully selected and have been improved over time, and the "piece de resistance" (or should I say "no resistance"...) is the output transformer produced in house and capable of withstanding 2500 watts without distortion!
Currently, the most powerful Jadis amp is rated at 350w, so far away from that specification.
Since then, the product range has grown to include phono stages, preamps, amps, DACs, CD players and cables. And the look! well definitely matching the internal beauty - check the wiring: magnfique!
Jadis was one of the few French companies present in Vegas: good on you!
Check the photos below
Jadis in French means "in bygone days"...
As AW Audio started promoting their EA12, another Alain (Calmettes) was spending his free time designing tube amplifiers and in 1983 created Jadis to market his products. Almost 40 years later, Jadis still makes the most beautiful tube amps and has also ventured into the realm of digital electronics with a CD player and D/A converter, hence the well deserved motto: Jadis, aujourd'hui et demain.
Not too surprisingly, the two Alain met and did a few exhibitions together, using an ancestor of the JA30 pictured here.
I personally do not remember such a pairing, but can certainly accept the fact that it would have made a formidable combination.
Jadis is now renowned all around the world and are indeed distributed as far as Australia, but no other than Advance Audio, bringing to our "fatal shores" the likes of Martin Logan and Clearaudio to name a few.
I would fancy a demo of the Ethos with a Jadis amp and Clearaudio turntable: I will have to convince my friends at Audioconnection to organise that for me - stay tuned and in the meantime go and roam their website: www.jadis-electronics.com
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.